This new self-directed online course explores the health needs of adults with developmental disabilities (DD), and the contributing factors that account for disparities in health and health care between adults living with DD and those in the general population. The course addresses the role of primary care providers and the Canadian recommended guidelines and practice tools found in the Primary Care of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Canadian Consensus Guidelines (2018) and Tools for the Primary Care of People with Developmental Disabilities (2011). The course builds on best practices for the prevention, assessment and management of behaviours that challenge in family medicine and ethical issues, such as informed consent. This course includes various instructional activities, such as case scenarios, multiple choice questions, and video reflection questions.
After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:
implement evidence-based recommendations for general, physical, behavioural and mental health issues for the primary care of adults with DD
identify the link between adaptive functioning and communication for different levels of DD
apply assessment and treatment practices for behaviours with challenges
assess capacity for consent when proposing investigations or treatments for which consent is required
demonstrate the use of appropriate screening and assessment tools for adults with DD.
This is a self-directed, online course. The course is comprised of four modules, and learners have four weeks to complete.
Please note: This course requires you to use an internet browser, but the system does not support Microsoft Internet Explorer. Do not use that to access the course.
Participants will receive a Letter of Completion at the end of the course.
This course meets the certification criteria of the College of the Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 4.0 Mainpro+ credits.